American Global Technology Companies

Global technology abstract

Global technology abstract

As of 2014, second-place United States has placed 50 firms on the World Economic Forum (WEC)’s list of 400 global growth companies.

That metric lags the 88 Chinese companies also selected in the WEC database which showcases the world’s most dynamic and high-growth companies. Yet there is one business sector where America has an undisputed advantage: information technology.

Out of the total 50 technology firms on the WEC’s top 400 global companies there are 16 US hi-tech businesses that service international markets, compared to 8 companies based in China, 5 for India, 4 for the UK and 3 for Japan.

While it’s hard to pin down precise numbers for America’s exported computer services due to diverse corporate accounting methodologies, the International Trade Centre reports that US exported computer services totaled US$13.7 billion in 2014. That amount represents a formidable 52.6% gain since 2010.

Fast-Growing American Global Technology Companies

Shown below are the 16 US tech specialty firms listed among the WEC’s top 400 global companies, identifying the headquarter location and a brief summary of deliverables each company offers its customers.

Company NameHeadquartersBusiness Specialty
AppirioIndianapolis, INCloud apps
AppNexus Inc.New York, NYAutomated online ads
Brightcove Inc. Boston, MAOnline video platform
DigitalGlobe Inc.Westminster, COGeospatial/space imagery
DocuSignSan Francisco, CAElectronic signature technology
FireEyeMilpitas, CASecurity against cyber threats
Good Technology Sunnyvale, CAMobile security
Link AmericaDallas, TXCommunication management
MandiantAlexandria, VACybersecurity management
Mozilla CorporationMountain View, CAOpen-source browser, email
NexentaSanta Clara, CAData storage/backup software
PegasystemsCambridge, MAPredictive analytics/service software
Red Hat Inc.Raleigh, NCOpen-source enterprise software
Reputation.comRedwood City, CAOnline identity management
ThoughtWorks Inc.Chicago, ILCustom software apps
Workday Inc.Pleasanton, CAFinances/human capital software



Three other US companies on the WEC listing deserve honorable mention as technology firms, albeit they are categorized elsewhere under specialized niches.

Based in Reston, Virginia, comScore Inc. is an internet analytics company providing marketing data and statistical intelligence to many of the world’s largest enterprises, agencies and publishers.

New York City’s Knewton Inc. is an American adaptive learning enterprise that has developed a digital platform able to personalize educational content.

Sitused in Brooklyn, New York, VICE MEDIA Inc. is a youth media company and digital content creation studio operating in 36 countries via a multimedia network including the website VICE.COM as well as a network of international digital channels, a TV and feature film production studio, record label, magazine and a book-publishing division.

Largest US Global Technology Companies

US leadership in information technology has a long history. Case in point are established corporate behemoths that continue to be world technology leaders.

Below are 10 of America’s mammoth hi-tech enterprises in terms of market value.

  1. Apple (computer hardware)
  2. Google (computer services)
  3. Microsoft (software, programming)
  4. IBM (computer services)
  5. Oracle (software, programming)
  6. Facebook (computer services)
  7. Qualcomm (semiconductors)
  8. Intel (semiconductors)
  9. Cisco Systems (communications equipment)
  10. Hewlett-Packard (computer hardware)

Also consider that on the Forbes 2015 Global 2000 ranking of the world’s biggest public companies, 131 are information technology providers of which 56 are American — eclipsing by far any other competitor.

See also Highest Value US Export Products and Computer Device Exports by Country and US Imported Mobile Phone Purchases

Research Sources:
World Economic Forum, List of Global Growth Company Members, September 2015. Accessed on September 23, 2015

Forbes 2015 Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on September 23, 2015

Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis. Accessed on September 23, 2015